Limassol town, situated between the ancient kingdoms of Amathus and Kourion, is recognized for its wide seafront promenades, bustling shopping streets and great nightlife. Enhancing this atmosphere are the hospitable locals who are known for their fun-loving nature
Something for everyone
In Limassol there is always more to discover, uncover or experience; for the family, the wine connoisseur, the fashion lover, the foodie, the sun worshipper or the culture-vulture.
History remembers Limassol as the home of Commandaria wine and the place where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria and crowned her Queen of England in 1191. These days, it is the main maritime hub, boasting a long seafront that is lined with an exciting mix of shops, cafés, pubs, restaurants and clubs. Filled with life all year round, the promenade is the scene of diverse activities and events from water sports to music festivals. After sunset, an infectious party atmosphere fills the air, as locals and visitors hit the town, giving Limassol its reputation as ‘the party town’ and ‘the city that never sleeps’. Apart from its beachfront, Limassol is a cultural oasis where its bold past can be witnessed in the grandeur of the Medieval and Kolossi castles and the traditional, narrow streets of the old town. As its district stretches to the mountain range, a whole new world unfolds above sea level. Small, traditional villages such as Platres, Omodos and Agros offer insight into bygone times, while the snow of winter on Troodos is a dream come true for winter sports enthusiasts.
The perfect place for strolling, swimming, sunbathing, water sports, cycling or rollerblading along its extensive strip.
Enjoy a seafront walk from Ancient Amathus to the old port, breathing in the fresh sea air and taking in the endless blue view.
The Municipal Gardens of Limassol fulfill multiple purposes including housing botanical gardens, an open air theatre and a small zoological corner.
Furthermore, many wine tours are organized to the surrounding wineries where visitors can witness the production of wine and taste the final product.
Limassol, Cyprus is also known as a shopping centre offering a wide selection from ultra-modern to traditional and handmade products. The most prominent shopping streets are St Andrews Street, not far from the seafront promenade, and Makarios Avenue.
Limassol thrives on its carnival tradition, with parades, parties, fancy dress and the King of Carnival’s grand entrance.
Cyprus’s long winemaking history is celebrated in Limassol in August/September with a ten-day festival of free-slowing wine, entertainment and merriment.
Limassol mark the coming of spring and nature’s rebirth with bright flowers parades, markets, shows and exhibitions in May
Cyprus has an exciting cuisine that combines the riches of many diverse food cultures. A typical holiday table is a mini-tour of the entire Mediterranean.
The Cyprus potato
Exported all over the Europe for their unique taste, these red-soil potatoes can’t beat, especially when fried or lemon-roasted in the oven.
The locals’ answer to BBQ is souvla, large pieces of lamb or pork slow-cooked on lng skewers over a charcoal grill, sometimes sprinkled with salt, oregano, oil and wine. No island feast is complete without souvla.
The Meze or ‘little tastes’, is the best introduction to the multiple pleasures of local cooking. It’s the chance to sample 20 to 30 different dishes such as tahini and taramosalata, sheftalia sausages, stifado stew, kleftiko and many others. Go slowly, siga siga, and enjoy!
Halloumi, the iconic cheese of Cyprus, originated on the island 800 years ago. It is a semi-hard, unaged cheese made from sheep and goats’ milk and often garnished with fresh mint leaves. The texture will remind you of a mozzarella, and because it is stored in brine, it has a salty flavor. Eat it fresh and it will squeak on your teeth. Grilled or fried in olive oil and doused with lemon juice, the taste is the essence of Cyprus sun and sea! In the summer, enjoy it with watermelon. And for a traditional sandwich, try it with tomato, cucumber and wine-soaked lountza, the local cured ham.
This ‘black gold’ of Cyprus is used in hundreds of candies, cakes, and cookies. It also makes a delicious liqueur.
A symbol of island hospitality, glyka are fruits or vegetables (walnut, eggplant, sour syrup. Try them native-style with a Cyprus coffee and a tall cool glass of water
Known as the goodness Aphrodite’s favorite love potion, Cyprus’s wild thyme honey has an aroma and taste that is sublime.
Once you taste this confection of grape juice, almonds and rose water, you ‘ll never forget it. Makes the perfect souvenir.
Also called ‘Cyprus Delight’, these are soft but chewy, powdered-sugar-coated cubes of gel that come in such flavors as rosewater, orange, lemon or refreshing mint
5 top drinks
From a wide array of beverages available on the island here are the 5 most popular:
An arise-flavored aperitif and a symbol of Greek culture. Add water or ice and a magic cloud appears.
A distillate of two local grapes, it is similar to Italian grappa or french marc. Best enjoyed chilled.
Made from native Xinistery grapes, this is sweeter than the French version. Try it in a Brandy sour cocktail.
Cyprus winemakers are winning more international awards every year. Maratheftiko and Xinisteri are two varieties unique to the island
Similar to Port or Tokay, Commandaria is one of the oldest continuously made wines in Europe. With or without dessert, it’s the idea after dinner drink.
Limassol Ancient Kingdoms
11 km east of Limassol, Cyprus lies Amathus, one of the greatest ancient kingdoms of the island. This site is saturated with legends and history dating from at least 3000 years ago. Built on the coastal cliffs it provides amazing views of the sea and insights into the past. 19 km west of Limassol, Cyprus on the road to Paphos lies the second Ancient Kingdom of Kourion, one of the most breathtaking archaeological sites. This location also includes a spectacular Greco-Roman Theatre, overlooking the bay which was built in the 2nd century BC. Nowadays, it is still used for musical and theatrical performances throughout the summer months.
Limassol Archaeological Sites and Cultural Monuments
Down near the old port is the Medieval Castle, where in 1191, Richard the Lionheart allegedly married Queen Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England. Another castle worth visiting is Kolossi castle which through the ages, served as the Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar and later as the headquarters for the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Limassol also has several museums such as the Natural History Museum, the municipal Art gallery, and the Folk Art Museum, where rooms are specially staged to realistically display the old clothes and utensils.
Limassol, Cyprus is famous for its festivals. The most famous being the Wine Festival held during the beginning of September in the Municipal Gardens. During the festival visitors have a chance to taste the Cypriot wines, which are offered for free, whilst watching folk dancing and singing. Other festivals are the Flower Festival in May, the Festival of the Flood in June, the Carnival and the Ancient Greek Drama Festival. Limassol nightlife is also never dull with its numerous bars, clubs and restaurants. It is unique due to its stylish beach bars where one can sit inches away from the shore line sipping cocktails and hearing the waves break.
There are many beautiful long stretches of beaches throughout the district including Governors beach, Amathous Beach, Ladys Mile and Pissouri Beach. Most Limassol beaches contain water sports for all the family and have useful amenities such as changing rooms, showers, cafes and bars.